We all may find this strange and filthy, but the fact is that nose picking has been everyone’s job, be it either in private or in public. I would firmly request our readers to please keep the toast down for a minute before we proceed with this article. Let’s start with the term Mucophagy (literally means mucus-eating, also referred as picking one’s nose and eating it) is the consumption of the nasal mucus, and other detritus obtained from nose-picking and extracting nasal mucus with one’s finger (Rhinotillexis). In fact, a particular German doctor suggests not only to always cleaning your nose with your own finger(s), but also pulling pieces of mucus out of your nose and consuming it for good health. The mucus lines lead to the nose’s delicate innards, and create a surface which is like flypaper for bacteria and other particles. Once this stuff becomes mired, the loaded mucus is slowly escorted out by tiny hairs called Cilia which sweep out the undesirables and this mucus contains some good as well as bad bacteria’s.
Recently a study by a lung specialist from Austria, Dr. Friedrich Bischinger claimed in some medical journals that eating your own nose mucus could act as a natural miracle drug in boosting our immune system. Modern scientific research suggests that Mucophagy seems to be a natural and even healthy activity, which exposes the digestive system to bacteria accumulated in the mucus, thereby helping to strengthen the overall immune system. Also Dr. Friedrich Bischinger, would have us believe that people who pick their noses with their fingers are healthier, happier, and more in tune with their bodies. He says picking your nose and eating it is healthy for two reasons: First is “With the finger you can get to places you just can’t reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner.” And second “Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system. The nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria is collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.” He pointed out that children happily pick their noses, yet by the time they have become adults they have stopped under pressure from a society that has branded it disgusting and anti-social.
So to conclude it shows us that nose picking and consuming is similar to what we have in a probiotic drink. But above all to prove it to be acceptable tests of mucus/booger eating should be carried on a sample of individuals for a period of time, only then can a universally acceptable conclusion can be drawn as there are dual chances that your mucus can contain an organism that can give you a viral or bacterial infection when the bacteria cannot be recognised by the body, but ones that can be recognised by the body they are helpful and create antibodies against various germs without making you sick.